"The death of a child is a profound tragedy for families. At The Center, we are available to provide compassionate care to those in need – parents, grandparents, siblings, care providers, as well as professionals who are in contact with families at the time of a child’s death.”
Shari King, MA
Shari King, MA is the Program Director for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death and Boston Medical Center Autism Program in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She provides clinical oversight of both programs, personnel management, public relations, program implementation and strategic planning, coordination and delivery of training and clinical consultation, and advocacy and community networking. Ms. King has an extensive background working in the fields of education and health care by providing direct service to children and families and managing programs that serve to promote their resiliency through psychosocial support, enhanced provider education and community collaborations. Her team of resource specialists has curated a wealth of dynamic resource information on autism services, including a Parent Information Packet (translated into multiple languages), an online Resource Directory, a Transition to Adulthood Manual and an E Newsletter. Ms. King served as Co-Chair of the CDC's MA Act Early State Team Outreach Task Force and sits on the Steering Committee for the Butler/Shapiro Task Force. At BMC, where she has been for the past thirteen years, Ms. King has worked intensely with community partners such as the Boston Public Schools, DPH-funded Autism Support Centers, Boston Police Department and Boys & Girls Clubs to strengthen and empower the city's most marginalized families, most especially those representing cultural, religious and ethnic minorities. Ms. King holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and is currently an MPH candidate at Boston University.
Maxine L. Weinreb, Ed.D.
Bereavement, Trauma and Mental Health Clinician
Maxine L. Weinreb, Ed.D is a licensed educational psychologist with degrees in counseling and human development. She is also licensed as a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor. She is a faculty member in The Counseling and School Psychology Department at The University of Massachusetts and taught for ten years in the Social Work Department at Wheelock College in Boston. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Weinreb has provided consultation and assistance to early childhood programs, Head Start programs, public and private schools, the courts, law enforcement, and mental health and health professionals. She provided assistance and training to early childhood professionals and mental health clinicians in Oklahoma City following the bombing in April, 1995 and in New York after the terrorist attacks of September 11. She has published in Young Children and is the co-author of a curriculum for child care professionals serving children in court-based child care centers. She and her colleagues have published Shelter from the Storm, a manual for mental health providers on the assessment and treatment of children who have witnessed violence. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally about issues of childhood stressors, especially those related to exposure to violence.
Alexander Friedman, MPH
Alexander J. Friedman, MPH is currently a consultant for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death after serving as their Administrative Coordinator for several years. He has spoken nationally about equipping professionals to respond to the needs of bereaved families, and has facilitated state-wide trainings in order to foster professional efficacy in understanding the complexity of sudden infant and child death. His background also includes an emphasis on child protection, and educating professionals on how to identify, address, and communicate concerns stemming from child abuse and neglect. He currently works as a Project Manager at Upham's Corner Health Center.
Coralys de Jesus - Undergraduate student, Tufts University
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Sarah Coburn – Graduate student, Tufts University
Kate Fosbenner – Undergraduate student, Tufts University
Nikki Kelly- Graduate student, Tufts University
Grace Tunning – Graduate student, Tufts University
Emily Zhang – Graduate student, Tufts University
Weyu Hodge – Graduate student, Boston University
Pooja Patel – Graduate student, Boston University
Qiaoxi Chen – Graduate student, Boston University
Carey Finchem – Graduate student, Boston University
Grace Thole – Graduate student, Boston University
Advisory Board Members
Lisa Allee – Injury Prevention Coordinator, Boston Medical Center
Elizabeth Armstrong – Deputy Director and Counsel, Office of the Child Advocate
Nicole Barsalona – Founder, Mommy Interrupted
Shelly Bathe Lenn – Coordinator, The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens
Joseph Cahill – Director of Medico-Legal Investigations, MA Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Eileen Costello – Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Justine Egan – Injury Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health
Eric and Holly High – Parents
Seth and Melissa Isaacs – Parents
Susan Horrigan – Case Investigation Supervisor, Department of Children and Families
Christian Kiriakos – Mortuary Supervisor, Boston Medical Center
Kathleen McAleer – Bereavement Specialist, Cranberry Hospice
Ryan O’Hanlon – Owner, McHoul Family Funeral Home
Collette Peterson – Bereavement Specialist, Circle Home, Inc.
Joseph Reardon – VP for Community Development and Advance Planning, Keohane Funeral Home
Deborah Rivlin – Education Director, The Children’s Room: Caring Support for Grieving Children, Teens and Families
Scott Scholefield – Director of Special Investigations, Department of Children and Families
Jonathan and Wendy Shaw – Parents
Howard and Pam Teibel – Parents
Lynn Turner – Nursing Supervisor, Healthy Baby Healthy Child, Boston Public Health Commission